In September 2017 Chris Jericho, for his podcast ‘Talk is Jericho’, met the bassist of Guns N’ Roses Duff McKagan (who turns 60 today). During the chat, various topics were touched on. Below we report some jokes from the musician of the Californian band.
On playing live the songs of “Chinese democracy” (read the review here), the 2008 album by Guns N’ Roses neither he nor the historic guitarist participated in the creation of which slash, said: “It’s fantastic. Axl put his all into the record. I think for me and Slash it’s like a challenge. As if we were saying to ourselves, ‘How do we make them ours?’”
Asked him what was the most difficult song for him Guns N’ Roses to play live, Duff replied: “The small parts are always the most challenging, like when the bass comes in on “Sweet child o’ mine”. You can’t go wrong there. Everyone is waiting for that moment, you have to give your best.”
On the ‘Not in this lifetime tour’ – the group’s reunion tour which kicked off from the Troubadour in Los Angeles on April 1st 2016 which was in full swing at the time of the interview – McKagan revealed: “Every night Axl makes up some joke or something funny that only us we can hear in our earphones.” Chris Jericho asked Duff again why thirty years later “Appetite for destruction” (the debut album of Guns N’ Roses published in 1987, read the review hereed.) still sounds so good, he replied: “Since I am a party to it, it is very difficult for me to answer this question.
I don’t see the band, as others see it from the outside. I have to say that when I played the record at rehearsals I felt a feeling like ‘But this record…’. You can really feel the energy and that album just captured that band well.”.